Jul 24, 2016

California Wildfire Spreads Across 20,000 Acres, Prompting Evacuations

Santa Clarita, CA
USA
by
Christopher Mele
,
The New York Times
People left their homes on Saturday as a wildfire approached Santa Clarita, Calif. Photo: David Mcnew / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images
People left their homes on Saturday as a wildfire approached Santa Clarita, Calif. Photo: David Mcnew / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images

More than 900 firefighters were combating a wildfire across 20,000 acres in the mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California’s coast on Saturday night, prompting the authorities to order evacuations and close roads, the United States Forest Service said on Twitter.

The evacuations encompassed about 1,500 homes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. One structure was reported destroyed and 100 commercial buildings were threatened